Saturday, 31 August 2013

Skin SOS

What type of skin do you have? How can you tell? The usual types are: dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Each skin type requires a different routine in addition to what you use too. Here is how you find out what type of skin you have:

Oily skin- if your skin has a shine to it in addition to looking dull and prone to spots. .
Dry skin- if your skin feels tight inevitably feeling like you have to moisturise it all the time.
Sensitive skin- if you often come out in a rash when trying new creams or even wearing a scarf or woolly jumpers. 
Combination skin- if your ‘T-zone’ is shiny just like the description for oily skin yet everywhere else is fine- you most probably have combination skin.

Hot water is good for oily skin and warm/lukewarm are good for other skin types. Do not touch your face with dirty hands! Especially if you have spots/scabs as this can make small spots worse. It is also important to keep your hair clean… more importantly if you have a fringe. Avoid using conditioner in your fringe if you have oily skin- just use on the ends and on the back of your hair.You can also control the behaviour of your skin through the vitamins you eat! I have provided a few examples:

Vitamin A- This vitamin can be found in fruit and vegetables. Vitamin A is essential for rehabilitation and repair to the skin as without it, can make the skin appear flaky and dry.

Vitamin B- This vitamin can be found in eggs, oats and bananas. Vitamin B forms the ‘bases for the skin in addition to the hair and nails.
Vitamin C- This vitamin can be found in ‘citrus’ things such as oranges, limes, lemons, cranberries and leafy greens. Vitamin C protects your skin from the sun, cancer and pollution.
Vitamin E- This vitamin can be seen in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Vitamin E also helps protection again sun exposure.
Vitamin K- This vitamin can be found in meats such as pork and liver. This also can be found in dairy products and leafy green vegetables like spinach. Vitamin K is great for those who have dark circles around their eyes and for bruising too!

It is always important to drink water as this can help flush through dirt and bacteria. It is recommended to drink between 8-10 glasses of water daily as water contains valuable minerals and nutrients. Drinking water before bedtime is one of the best ways to help your body store those nutrients in addition to keeping the body well hydrated. Eating fruit and vegetables will not keep your skin safe against the sun- even if you have darker skin! Always use SPF (30-40 recommended) and apply evenly to your skin.

Look out for my next post on skin care! Enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Inspirational Quotes

Truth, giggles and Geordie Shore

There is nothing better when we come across a saying that pretty much sums up a scenario, or even a feeling. When a complex statement or piece of information is explained, I usually ask 'what would that be in a nutshell?'. I believe quotes and phrases help us to judge and understand situations in life- whether we are feeling low or happy. My favourite quote comes from an unknown author- 'your mind is a garden, you can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds'. It reminds me a little of life. Holding back or even feeling unmotivated can metaphorically cause those 'weeds' to grow- only you can remove them. Passing exams, starting a new career or even just thinking positively will allow you to flourish in many ways- despite how hard they may be. After all, growing a weed is much more easier than growing a flower. Therefore the easy way may never reflect your actual potential.

Relationship quotes seem to come across as the most favourable. Whether or not they are between friends, family or ex boyfriends/girlfriends- they still come across as effective or even true. Sometimes reading a good quote can even offer great advice too.


Motivational quotes (for me) always have an element of truth in them. They are my favourite genre. My favourite quote comes from Albert Einstein- 'anyone who has never made a has never tried anything new'. I believe this to be completely true. We are forever being judged on actions which often turn out wrong but after all, isn't that a part of growing up?

Geordie Shore- they're quite something!

Phrases used in Geordie Shore never fail to entertain me, so I thought I'd share some with you. Not only do we interpret quotes 'literally' but they also make us laugh. Here are some of my favourites! @VickyGShore and @CharlotteGShore.

Here are some others...

Do you have any favourites? Comment and post below some of your suggestions. Enjoy the rest of your week guys!


Friday, 23 August 2013

My Modelling Madness and Photography

Modelling Madness and Photography

How to kick start your career in the industry?

The modelling industry is undoubtedly one of the hardest industries to crack. Why? Because everyone wants to be one. Some imagine it to be 'simple' yet 'glamorous' but I can assure you, it is far from that. Once I was told that I was 'too fat'- I was 14!

Many of you have asked me 'how did you get into modelling'? For me it started from the age of 15. I firstly started with a children's/teens talent agency in London called 'Little Adults'- where I was fortunate to shoot for clients such as Nickelodeon. However, I have recently joined a new agency in Bristol called 'Fine Feathers' where I often receive work. I don't do it full time as it is a hobby that I happen to have a real passion for. So I hope my following advice helps those who aspire to crack into the modelling industry!

Firstly, you must gather a solid portfolio and learn how to pose- which comes in time and often at a price! There is no point in hiring any photographer- do your research! Most photographers are experienced in weddings and family portraits- not fashion and modelling. Make sure you thoroughly check out their portfolios as copyright to images costs £££'s even ££££'s! So don't waste your money. It is also important to add 'individuality' into your photos by either creating cool concepts and outfits. You can start by practicing your facials and posing at home- practice only makes perfect! For those who live in the Wiltshire/Somerset area 'Wiltshire Modelling' is a great photography service having been published in Glamour Magazine (Britain's no1 fashion magazine), Nuts, Zoo, Entrepreneur Magazine and many online fashion sites such as ASOS. Link to their website is in the sidebar.

Once you have your portfolio together- get networking! You can either do this on social media like Model Mayhem, Facebook and Twitter! It is often common for some photographers to ask you to do 'trade shoots' with them- which is a brilliant way to get experience (but please ensure that they are 100% legit). Also try applying to agencies and castings too! It only takes one successful application to get noticed.

Be confident, outgoing and positive- there are A LOT of knock backs. Also love the haters, because they should only make you more determined to continue. Best of luck to you all! Here are some snaps from recent projects which I would like to share with you all. Please do not hesitate to email me any questions at or alternatively, below this post.

Lots of love.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

University Essentials

Congratulations to all Fresher's of 2013!

University essentials- what on earth do I take?

Congratulations to all of those who received their A-level results today- you clever bunch of people. Now, you are probably all wondering what to pack? Well, seeing my fresher days only commenced two years ago- here is my advice.

Second year house
TAKE ALL YOUR CREATURE COMFORTS! (and lots of Paracetamol)- you all will be hanging in Fresher's week. It is also important to take a lot of booze and food too- shopping for food will be the last thing on your mind after attending Fresher's Fair, society gatherings, hall parties and of course your evening attire. It is also worth finding out as to whether or not you will be needing fancy dress costumes- after all, I am pretty sure a Primark can be located in your area!

Some of you worry whether buying a Fresher's 'Ultimate Pass' is essential- depending on which university you are attending it may be worth getting advice from current students, after all, Cardiff has more than one university so local clubs may have limited places. I personally didn't buy an 'Ultimate Pass' I just bought tickets as I went- but then again Reading only has one uni!

If you guys are sharing a flat with others, I wouldn't go crazy on the kitchen utensils- you all end up sharing anyway. However, REMEMBER TO TAKE LOO ROLL- it is an easy one to miss. Generally students come to university forgetting that they have to walk everywhere so if you are lazy, invest in a bike- they get you places quicker. So most of you have around a month before starting university so make sure you save as much as you can- you will spend lots in fresher's. Also make sure you have FUN and not worry about university work during fresher's, and those of you who are hoping to get part time work please hand out you CV's asap! Do not wait until you get there.

Here are some images of my student accommodation and first year at uni. Enjoy and always stay safe guys!
Fresher's Ball!

Hall party!
First year- Halls!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

It's Bathtime in Bath!

Relax and Take a Bath!

Magical colours or a method of therapy?

Sometimes we all just want to enjoy a hot soak in the bath, but which sort of bath bomb or bubble bath should we use? Is a bath in fact like a therapy session? Well here is my conclusion...

Baths for me are like my heaven. Usually I choose bath products based on colour-usually pinks and red because they appear 'berry' like. However ingredients are key! 'Twilight' from LUSH Cosmetics is infused with French lavender and Ylang Ylang oil which is fabulous for anxiety and stress- also known as a 'refreshing note to a tired mind'. LUSH bath bombs also contain sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and cream of tartar which are all good for skin making it feel soft and supple. This bath bomb also changed colours-white, pink, blue and purple (with lots of glitter too!). I believe that selecting the right bath-bomb involves looking for the right ingredients- after all you wouldn't want citrusy sweet scents if you had a migraine!. So yes, inevitably we should all think about what our minds and bodies want!

Here are a few snaps that I posted onto my Instagram page. Enjoy
your next bath!

1- 'Honey Bee' by LUSH Cosmetics
2- 'Avobath' by LUSH Cosmetics
3- 'Rose Queen' by LUSH Cosmetics
Twilight in action- so pretty!
 1- Honey is good for those with sensitive skin!

3- Rose is good for redness and soreness!

2-Lime and Avocado is good for toning the skin!

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